The Evolution of Mind

The Evolution of Mind

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This edited volume presents original chapters from major figures working in the fields of evolutionary psychology and epistemology. Each chapter focuses on the evolution of mind and is written in a style that is easily attainable to professionals not in these areas, allowing them to grasp the importance of evolutionary psychology and how it deals with crucial cognitive issues.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 163.3 x 242.6 x 20.6mm | 641.97g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 halftones, 16 line figures, bibliography
  • 0195110536
  • 9780195110531

Table of contents

1. Ecological Intelligence: An Adaptation for Frequencies; 2. The Evolutioary Roots of Intelligent Reasoning; 3. Building a Cognitive Creature from a Set of Primitives: Evolutionary and Developmental Insights; 5. An Evolved Capacity for Number; 6. Playing with Play: What Can We Learn about Cognition, Negotiation, and Evolution; 7. The Evolution of Reference; 8. Some Issues in the Evolution of Language and Thought; 9. Morgan's Canon; 10. Do's and Don'ts for Darwinizing Psychologyshow more

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"A superb and stimulating book containing contributions from the top minds in evolutionary cognitive psychology. Chapters are uniformly high level and ground breaking. The book signals a scientific revolution in the Darwinizing of cognitive psychology. A must read for all psychological researchers, as well as those who want or need to keep up with the cutting edge."--David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating"In the last few years evolutionary psychology has become one of the hottest areas of research in the cognitive sciences. The essays that Cummins and Allen have assembled make it very clear why this new interdisciplinary field is so exciting, challenging, and controversial. The book includes cutting edge essays that are absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in the mind and how it evolved."--Stephen P. Stich, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University"With the question of animal minds featured on the cover of Newsweek and columnists from the New York Times going at each other over evolutionary psychology, it should be obvious to everyone that behavioral science is entering a new era. A good slogan for this era may be 'no psychology without biology; no biology (at least for mammals) without psychology.' The work that Cummins and Allen have brought together constitutes not just a manifesto for this new era, but is chockfull of exciting ideas about how we can empirically study the evolution of mind in both humans and other animals."--Dale Jamieson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder"One of the most significant achievements of evolutionary psychology has been to seriously question the traditional view that we possess a general-purpose intelligence that can analyse any aspect of human experience with equal aplomb. Humanity in the image of a divine being is perhaps the most extreme expression and source of this view. In contrast, an evolutionary perspective reveals human minds, like those of other species, to be imperfect, relatively jerry-built devices that are shaped by natural selection to deal with a specific set of problems in the species' ancestral environment. . . . The Evolution of Mind is . . . a timely collection. The authors of its 10 chapters are drawn from departments of psychology, philosophy, biology and anthropology, and the book covers both human and nonhuman minds."--Nature"Offering an eclectic interdisciplinary review of thoughts on the evolution of mind, this volume provides ten provocative and well referenced essays from a range of perspectives. Most of the contributors provide discussions of species-comparative data and are sympathetic to some form of Darwinian evolutionary framework. However, although not always explicitly stated, only four of them allude to the importance of ontogenetic development (of individuals) as well as to the phylogenetic evolution of species adapting to the constraints imposed by their respective environments. ... Whatever one's views re evolutionary theories of mind, this volume provides many good questions (if not answers) for future comparative psychologist, naturalist and philosopher alike."-- Metapsychology (Mental Help Net's Bookstore)show more

About Denise D. Cummins

Denise Dellarosa Cummins, Ph.D. is with the Department of Psychology, California State University, Sacramento. Colin Allen, Ph.D., is with the Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University.show more

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